Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have announced their plans to adapt Tim Madigan’s 2006 memoir “I’m Proud of You” into a feature film. The memoir follows the friendship between Madigan and Fred Rogers, better known as “Mister Rogers” known all over the world for creating and hosting the PBS television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
The novel is officially described as follows:
It began as another newspaper assignment, a celebrity profile of the children’s television icon. But in Fred Rogers, Texas journalist Tim Madigan found more than a fascinating subject. From their first meeting in 1995, at Rogers’ invitation, the two became unlikely friends, a deep and abiding relationship that lasted until Rogers’ death in 2003.
In that time, Madigan found Rogers to be much more than the calm and compassionate personality of television. He was a person of unique human greatness who embodied love, compassion and wisdom his every waking moment. He was the transcendent being who guided Madigan through periods of life-threatening depression and the tragic death of a sibling and helped him heal his difficult relationship with his father.
Dayton and Faris are most known for directing the films Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks. Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub are developing the project through their Big Beach Films with Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster providing the adapted screenplay. Youree Henley will produce.